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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Aug 26, 2011 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 1971

Currently enjoying this somewhat unheralded, show, Pigpen's last for 3 months, where he shines on the final version of Empty Pages:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-08-26.sbd.fixed.miller-rolfe.32351.sbeok.flac16

More ripping than psychedelic, and the sound is a bit rough, but an H2H for the ages and some delicate Jerry/Phil interplay opening into a sweetly mellow Pig rap in Good Lovin'.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 26, 2011 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

Pig's last Hard to Handle as well. This concert really marks the end of an era for the band imo. Its the last one with the original line up as the band would be quite different when Pig returns in December. A new piano player and a whole bunch of new songs are added in October that really change the sound and the approach of the band. By November you can already hear where the band is heading in the following years.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Aug 26, 2011 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

Funny, I was getting ready to comment on the same points.
Just finished listening to this at work. holy poop.
This show is on fire. There is not a lame song in the
bunch. What a fabulous flow the boys had that night.

Phil sounds ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I could listen to this show just for his playing alone. Seriously...

But then you have Bobby just laying it on with some
damn hot licks.
Jerry is always Jerry, and Ron simmers. Billy can do no wrong, especially during TOO. And finally, the vocals are some of the best I've heard (see: UJB). I can't believe it has taken me a year to hear this one.
Won't be making that mistake again. Probably gonna have the cops called on me after I get home and put this on at full blast. Anyone got bail money?

Your comments are spot on (per usual) Larry. Thanks for putting that in my mind; nicely stated.
Enough of my dumbass comments: JUST LISTEN TO IT.

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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Aug 26, 2011 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

Good call on the vocals. Surprisingly on point, actually, and make a nice counterpoint to Phil's loose bombs. Mr. Charlie leaps out at me for some reason. Studio-tight harmonies over Phil's loping-behind-the-beat thuds. Great stuff.

1971 has always been my favourite year, but this one slipped me by until recently. After LIA's great post on Ives, citing fall '71 as providing examples of the influence, I've been poking around the year for lost gems to pair with some Ives listening. This TOO has an Ivesian feel, with blissful delicacy giving way to near-chaos that never loses its propulsive momentum or the individuality of the voices. Some truly great stuff at the 10 minute mark, leading into that weird digi-noise sound. Does that sound intentional to anyone else?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 26, 2011 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

This is one ragged show, and not one I'm very fond of.

I think the little static in the middle of the Other One comes from a malfunctioning cymbal mike. Anyway, this is a rather quiet & low-key Other One, but it gets quite hypnotic in the second half...the Dead seem to 'let go' and just drift. It's interesting to compare to the 8/23 Other One, which is very similar in style, kind of subdued & non-melodic.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 26, 2011 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

Youre right about the ragged nature of this performance, though it is one that I am quite fond of, in spite of some sonic anomalies. And while the playing at this show could never be mistaken for that of April from the year, it is a fun perfermance with some stunning highlights.

I think to appreciate this show, one has to take the setting and the vibe of this venue into consideration. Gaelic Park was then an unkempt hurling pitch adjacent to a NYC subway car yard. The Grateful Dead were just not going to play a beautiful Dark Star in the Bronx with elevated trains going by.

It's an edgy performance that garnered a rather poor reputation dating back to the cassette days of tape trading. But it's way better than that, and Larry has accurately pointed out the historic significance of the show.

It's one of Pig's finer performances and he really shines through. The Good Lovin' is nicely jammed, and the second set really rocks out. I still score this one out at 96 pts.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Aug 27, 2011 5:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971


96 on the button , but the vibe feels like 100.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 27, 2011 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

Eh. I remember the deep disappointment I felt hearing this show back in the tape days. Very average show, I thought, and the least interesting of August '71. And the Good Lovin' doesn't come close to any of the April versions. The rowdy NY setting didn't produce much magic this time...

Nonetheless, the show seems quite popular these days, so I must be missing the special vibe! And I admit people who like their Phil loud & boisterous will especially like this mix, along with other Aug '71 shows where he's up quite high in the mix.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 27, 2011 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1971

I think 8-14-71 is head and shoulders better than this show. I'm also not a big fan of 7-2-71 which I find uneventful however Cliff & Tell (amongst others) rate this show high...